Carroll Choirs present 'Musical Memories' May 6

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Department of Fine Arts at Carroll College will present a FREE concert given by the Carroll College String Ensemble and the Carroll College Choirs at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The concert will be held at the St. Mary Catholic Community at 1700 Missoula Avenue in Helena.

The Carroll String Ensemble will present music by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Timothy Isham, Lorrie Bam and Chris Thomas. Featured pieces include the first movement from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, “Viola Rampage,” and “Swashbuckler Saga. The String Ensemble will also collaborate with the choirs in presenting “In Memoria Aeterna” from the Beatus Vir of Antonio Vivaldi. Dan Bradt will be accompanying the String Ensemble on both piano and percussion.

The Carroll College Choirs will present a variety of selections on the theme of “Musical Memories.” This will include musical selections from all stages of life, music for festive occasions, and music in memory of those who have died. Choral selections include “The Beatitudes” by Benedict Sheehan, “Proclaim the Day” by Vijay Singh, “Alleluia” by Joshua L. Mazur, and “Lullaby” and “And So it Goes” by
popular artist Billy Joel.

The Chamber Choir will present sacred a cappella choral works by Orlando di Lasso, Antonio Lotti, and Eriks Ešenwalds, and also a serene and beautiful setting of “Studanka,” or “The Well” by Czech composer Ilya Hurnik. The full Carroll College Choir will return with a group of accompanied selections featuring guest pianist June Lee. These works include “Requiem” by Eliza Gilkyson, “I Remember” by Stephen Sondheim, and “Lamentations” by Z. Randall Stroope. Vocal soloists in the concert will be Natalie Husband, Katie Korbuszewski, Sophia Rodriguez, and Cailin Spencer.

The concert will close with “When Memory Fades” by Jane Southwick Cool and Mary Louise Bringle, Arranged by Eric Nelson. The text of this poignant but uplifting work speaks to how we respond to loved ones who may be experiencing memory loss or dementia. The song’s beautiful message is one of unaltering love in the face of the waning faculties of our loved ones.

Admission to the concert is FREE, but an offering will be taken to help establish a fund to provide relief and respite for family members who are caregivers for Alzheimer's or Dementia patients. The Carroll String Ensemble is directed by Prof. Linda Meuret, and the Carroll Choirs are directed by Dr. Robert Psurny Jr., Professor of Music.

For more information on this concert, contact Dr. Psurny at (406) 447-4807.